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Raffaella from Italy - 'I'm here to improve my English because it's very important for my future job'
Raffaella is a student at Frances King School of English
Have something done
Last week, we practised a way of talking about fixing or improving things using 'need + verb-ing'. But if you don't plan to fix or improve something yourself, you might say have something done or get something done. In this week's programme, Raffaella from Italy gives William a few tips on his new house (right).

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Have something done

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We use 'have' with a noun and a past participle when we arrange for somebody to make some kind of improvement to something for us.

subject have noun past participle  
Ihavemy haircutevery month
The hotelhasthe windowscleanedregularly

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